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Swathed with lavender fields, dotted with medieval hilltop villages and graced by elegant cities, the southeastern region of Provence stretches from the Rhône in the west to the Italian border in the east and south to the Mediterranean. Its light and landscapes inspired both Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, and you can stroll along the leafy boulevards of the former’s home city of Aix-en-Provence and trace the works of the latter in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Whatever your interests, our specialists can help you find your way.

Julius Caesar’s first Gaulish conquest was in Provence, and Rome’s presence here is indelible. The number and scale of the region’s Roman ruins, including the Pont du Gard aqueduct, are on par with what you’d find in Italy. On a walking tour in Avignon, you can explore the papacy’s dalliance with Provence during a 70-year break from the Vatican. Evidence of life here from long before Rome’s acquisition still survives just outside Gordes in a village of ancient stone huts built without mortar, known as bories. Close by, monks tend their bees and make honey at the Romanesque Sénanque Abbey, where you can wander the surrounding lavender fields. Whatever you choose to do, our specialists will be there to guide you.

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Places to visit in Provence

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Provence, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Provence

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Provence, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Provence

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    Places in and around Provence

    Accommodation choices for Provence

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Provence. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • La Bastide de Marie, Ménerbes

      La Bastide de Marie

      First Class

      Evoking the feel of a typical Provençal home, La Bastide de Marie is in the heart of the Lubéron countryside and offers elegant and traditional rooms. The terrace, restaurant and beautiful pool make it the ultimate peaceful refuge.

    • Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence

      Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence


      Well-known for its two-Michelin-starred restaurant and sweeping views of the countryside, Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence is a relaxing and elegant retreat with extensive grounds, excellent service and a large selection of facilities from tennis courts to spa and swimming pools.

    • Hôtel des Augustins, Aix-en-Provence

      Hôtel des Augustins


      Full of history and character, the Hôtel des Augustins is an intimate base with friendly service set in the heart of the old town of Aix-en-Provence.

    • La Bastide de Gordes, Gordes

      La Bastide de Gordes


      Situated in the cobbled village of Gordes with sweeping views over the Provençal landscape, La Bastide de Gordes is an unforgettable property with elegant rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an impressive swimming pool set in manicured, terraced gardens.

    • Mas de la Clairière, Gordes

      Mas de la Clairière

      First Class

      This elegant six bedroom, stone villa makes the most of the Provence countryside. Spend the day exploring the nearby towns and villages or relax by the pool and absorb the peaceful solitude of the property.

    • Crillon le Brave, Crillon-le-Brave

      Crillon le Brave

      First Class

      Housed in restored village buildings and boasting panoramic views of the Provençal countryside, Crillon le Brave offers a peaceful retreat with a large pool and excellent dining options.

    • Domaine de Fontenille, Lauris

      Domaine de Fontenille

      First Class

      Well-situated in the heart of Provence, the Domaine de Fontenille is a grand manor house and park with the intimate atmosphere of an elegant family home. It also features an outdoor swimming pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    • Hotel L'Atelier, Avignon

      Hôtel de l’Atelier


      Exuding charm and tradition, rustic L’Atelier provides a great base for exploration close to the main sites of Provence without being in the throngs of a large city.

    • La Mirande, Avignon

      La Mirande


      Exuding a classic heritage style, La Mirande is both historic and elegant with adornments dating from the Middle Ages to present day. Well-situated in the heart of Avignon, it's a great base from which to explore and boasts a lovely indoor courtyard and outdoor terrace.

    Ideas for experiencing Provence

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Provence, and which use the best local guides.

    • Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village
      Gordes, Provence

      Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village

      Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village

      Discover the beauties of Provence on this half-day tour of its quintessential sights. Visit a medieval hilltop village, a rustic monastery surrounded by fields of lavender and a collection of traditional stone bories, dwellings of a typical Provençal style.

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    • Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour
      Palais des Papes, Avignon

      Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour

      Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour

      Discover the secrets behind the Palais des Papes in medieval Avignon, learn about the regal life of the pontiffs and the political turmoil of their era on a guided walking tour of the old town's meandering cobbled streets.

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